Plant Breeding Training Network

Plant Breeding and Genomics June 11, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF

Authors:

Deana Namuth-Covert Ph.D., University of Nebraska; Jamie Sherman Ph.D., Montana State University; Mary Brakke Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Jorge Dubcovsky Ph.D., University of California-Davis; Gary Muehlbauer Ph.D., University of Minnesota

The Plant Breeding Training Network (PBTN) is a collaborative effort among multiple universities and colleges. The overarching goals of the PBTN are to promote growth of the plant breeding profession through training of undergraduate and graduate students in the field.

Overview

The Plant Breeding Training Network (PBTN) has supported development of several graduate level courses, webinar series, and plant breeding video projects, as well as group discussion surrounding the latest techniques and equipment in plant breeding.  Links to several of these resources can be found below:

Plant Breeding Course Lectures
PBTN Archived Webinar Series
Plant Breeding Film Projects

Funding

The PBTN is supported by a larger multi-institutional program, the Plant and Soil Sciences eLibrary, hosted at the Univ of Nebraska, where a collaboration of infrastructure and learning materials across a variety of disciplines has been in place since 1999. The PBTN project was supported in part by the National Research Initiative Competitive Grants CAP project 2011-68002-30029 (TCAP) from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, adminstered by the University of California-Davis.

Additional support for infrastructure and supplementary materials has been made possible by the following key funding:

  • the National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Undergraduate Education, National SMETE Digital Library Program, Award #0938034, administered by the University of Nebraska.
  • the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30411 (CenUSA) from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, administered by Iowa State University.
  • the USDA Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems (IFAFS) and the Cooperative State Research, Education, & Extension Service, U.S. Dept of Agriculture under Agreement Number 00-52100-9710, administered by Colorado State University.
  • the Cooperative State Research, Education, & Extension Service, U.S. Dept of Agriculture under Agreement Number 98-EATP-1-0403 administered by Cornell University and the American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC).

Other partnerships are being developed to ensure long term sustainability.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.